History of Logistics & Automation business


  • 1962

    Began production and sale of tool cabinets. Entered logistics equipment business.

  • 1964

    Began production and sale of pallet racks.

  • 1967

    Developed a stacker crane. Delivered a multi-level warehouses with stacker crane to an automobile parts manufacturer.

  • 1968

    Opened a first-class registered architect office. Delivered a building-integrated multi-level warehouse (MRS).

  • 1969

    Delivered an online-controlled multi-storied automated storage and retrieval systems(AS/RS).


  • 1971

    Delivered AS/RS for hazardous items to a paint manufacturer.

  • 1973

    Delivered AS/RS for freezing environment(-40 degrees) to a dairy products manufacturer.

  • 1975

    Delivered AS/RS for storage of long items.

  • 1975

    Developed the computerized inventory management system.

  • 1978

    Developed the automated rail-guided vehicle (sorting and transportation carriage). Delivered to an automobile manufacturer.

  • 1979

    Developed the electromagnetic-guided automated guided vehicle(AGV).


  • 1981

    Built Japan’s first FMS line in Inuyama Plant.

  • 1982

    Began production and sale of heavy load handling robots.

  • 1982

    Developed the auto flow rack (automatic replenishing/dispensing system)

  • 1984

    Developed the optical AGV.

  • 1984

    Built Japan’s first single-item FMS line capable of high-mix low-volume production in Inuyama Plant.

  • 1984

    Delivered one of the largest pharmaceutical distribution centers in Japan to a major pharmaceutical manufacturer.

  • 1985

    Constructed cleanroom testing facilities. Started development of transport system for cleanroom.

  • 1986

    Released the automated overhead hoist transport system.

  • 1989

    Established a turning flexible manufacturing system(FMS) in Inuyama Plant.

  • 1989

    Developed a magnetic-guided AGV.

  • 1989

    Developed a railless (automated transport) system equipped with an articulated robot.

  • 1989

    Developed the optical communication type high-speed automated rail-guided transportation carriage.

  • 1989

    Delivered a large-scale logistics system to a major automobile manufacturer in the US.


  • 1990

    Developed the optical automated transport system.

  • 1992

    Delivered one of the largest beverage distribution centers in Japan to a major beverage manufacturer.

  • 1992

    Built a multi-storied laboratory (35m) in Inuyama Plant.

  • 1993

    Delivered a liquid crystal panel transport system to a major panel manufacturer.

  • 1994

    Developed the LGV (laser-guided automated transport system).

  • 1994

    Released the free-size case AS/RS.

  • 1995

    Received an order for large-scale storage & sorting system for Hong Kong International Airport.

  • 1995

    Delivered one of the largest mail order distribution centers in Japan to a major mail order manufacturer.

  • 1996

    Delivered a seismic-isolated automated cold storage warehouse (base-isolated building).

  • 1997

    Developed the cold storage environment palletizing/de-palletizing robot.

  • 1997

    Delivered a mechanical seismic-isolated AS/RS for freezing environment to a frozen food manufacturer.

  • 1997

    Delivered a sorting system for freezing environment.

  • 1997

    Developed the image processing de-palletizing robot. Delivered to a major pharmaceutical manufacturer.

  • 1998

    Released the Premex series of automated transport systems.

  • 1999

    Developed dynamic analysis technology for co-seismic cargo behavior jointly with Tokyo Institute of Technology.


  • 2000

    Released the manned & automated dual-use forklift.

  • 2000

    Constructed Japan’s first superhigh-rise 50m AS/RS approved by the Minister of Construction.

  • 2002

    Developed the first AGV capable of aseptic transfer in Japan.

  • 2005

    Developed the sophisticated sorting system. Delivered to a distribution center of a major courier company.

  • 2006

    Developed the voice & image hybrid hands-free picking system.

  • 2006

    Opened RFID demonstration testing facilities.


  • 2010

    Delivered a parallel mechanism robot to a solar cell manufacturer.

  • 2010

    Delivered Uni-SHUTTLE HP, the world's most sophisticated shuttle type AS/RS to a large-scale pharmaceutical distribution center.

  • 2010

    Opened the L&A Solution Center.

  • 2012

    Released the self-guided AGV.

  • 2014

    Released the overhead hoist transfer system with flat shelf transfer mechanism.

  • 2014

    Acquired CIMCORP, a system integrator in Finland. Subsidiary acquisition.

  • 2016

    Acquired AGVE, an AGV manufacturer in Sweden. Subsidiary acquisition.

  • 2018

    Released the case transportation & sorting system. Released the smart AGV.

  • 2019

    Concluded a strategic partnership agreement with Alert Innovation in the US.

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